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Emily Johnson

Emily JohnsonDr. Emily Johnson joined the Department of Religious Studies as a Lecturer in Fall 2014, shortly after completing her Ph.D. in History and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from Yale University. She specializes in American religious history, and focuses in particular on gender, media, and politics in the United States. 

Dr. Johnson is currently working on completing her first book, This Is Our Message: Women's Leadership in the New Christian Right, which will be published with Oxford University Press. Based on her dissertation, this book examines the lives and work of nationally prominent conservative evangelical women, arguing that their vocal opposition to contemporary feminism and support for "traditional" gender roles were essential in establishing the New Christian Right in the 1970s and 1980s, and in sustaining support for religious conservative movements into the twenty-first century.

Dr. Johnson has been teaching introductory comparative courses (with interesting themes such as the role of food in religious ritual, regulation, and identity, and gender and religion), and upper division courses on Religion in the United States, Women and Gender in American Religious History, and on the American Apocalypse.

A native of Edmonton, Canada, Dr. Johnson is enjoying her time in Knoxville very much. She especially loves exploring the Smokies and the downtown Farmers Market.

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